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    Maybe anyone here can tell me wether it is possible to buy, rent or even ride a motorcycle in China.
    For reaching the far off Great Wall sites in Inner Mongolia (and Gansu and Xinjiang public transport is unsufficient (too remote, too long distances in sparely inhabitated regions, too dependent)). Renting taxies would be much more expensive and there are many roads wich probably are not good enough for simple cars.
    A (even a very small one, as long as it can go on sandy roads) motorcycle would do the job and does for most of the peasants living in these areas.
    I would not need a very fast one (about 50km/h maximum speed would do the job). I would go for buying one (should be in the price range of 4000 Yuan), if this is not possible even to rent one would be an option. Do I need a drivers license for this? Is a normal car drivers license sufficient? Can a foreigner get a motorcycle registered in China and get a license tag? Did anyone of you go through such a procedure?


    -chinoook
    Last edited by chinoook; 06-25-2009, 09:46 AM.
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    Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

    I don't know about motorcycles, but it is possible to get a temporary drivers license to drive a car for 30 days.

    If you know anyone locally you could probably avoid a lot difficulties by getting a Chinese person to buy it.

    I suggest you contact the German Embassy in Beijing, maybe they know something.

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    • #3
      Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

      Originally posted by Kim View Post
      I don't know about motorcycles, but it is possible to get a temporary drivers license to drive a car for 30 days.

      If you know anyone locally you could probably avoid a lot difficulties by getting a Chinese person to buy it.

      I suggest you contact the German Embassy in Beijing, maybe they know something.
      Thanks, this information helps a lot.


      -chinoook
      chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
      chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
      chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

      The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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      • #4
        Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

        According to my wife it is not allowed to ride a motorcycle without a special motorcycle license - you can not use a normal drives license.

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        • #5
          Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

          I am sure it is possible but not recommended, the roads here are pure chaos... and most of that is caused by the bicycles (both manual and motorised). I remember during my induction into the Uni here in Beijing Police representatives came to the uni and they advised all foreign students not to purchase or rent mortorised bycicles or motorcycles.

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          • #6
            Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

            Originally posted by PWCCA View Post
            I am sure it is possible but not recommended, the roads here are pure chaos... and most of that is caused by the bicycles (both manual and motorised). I remember during my induction into the Uni here in Beijing Police representatives came to the uni and they advised all foreign students not to purchase or rent mortorised bycicles or motorcycles.
            I do _not_ intend to ride a motorcycle in Beijing or other big cities. But I don't fear to buy one in Baotou and go riding in the countryside.

            If you talk to Chinese and tell them, that you walk along the Great Wall and sleep outside, they very proably will tell you how dangerous it is (wolves, bears, dangerous people). I however consider it completely safe, if you take care you bring enough water with you and don't climb steep cliffs and don't pick up poisionous animals ...


            -chinoook
            chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
            chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
            chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

            The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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            • #7
              Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

              Originally posted by PWCCA View Post
              I am sure it is possible but not recommended, the roads here are pure chaos... and most of that is caused by the bicycles (both manual and motorised). I remember during my induction into the Uni here in Beijing Police representatives came to the uni and they advised all foreign students not to purchase or rent mortorised bycicles or motorcycles.
              Compared to Beijing the roads in Gansu and other nearby provinces are almost empty, so it's probably more dangerous for chinoook drive in Germany than Gansu.

              I've been driving a car in China for more than two years without problem, and Tangshan is much worse than Beijing - less cars but much more chaos.

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              • #8
                Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                Originally posted by Kim View Post
                Compared to Beijing the roads in Gansu and other nearby provinces are almost empty, so it's probably more dangerous for chinoook drive in Germany than Gansu.
                Statistically, this may be true, but I found German drivers to be some of the best anywhere. Now, if he were living in the USA....
                Bryan

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                • #9
                  Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                  Originally posted by Bryan View Post
                  Statistically, this may be true, but I found German drivers to be some of the best anywhere.
                  Because they always go to the beach in Denmark during the summer and learn from the best!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                    Hi , Chinoook
                    Here is google map link on motocycle service/seller name&address information at Baotou , attached picture is its web page .
                    http://maps.google.com.tw/maps?hl=zh...AXX8MmsDw&cd=1

                    Riding a motorcycle to visit Great Wall sites in Inner Mongolia is good idea , three things below need to be noticed .
                    1. make sure motorcycle in good condition
                    2. keep motorcycle from being stolen when you are walking on Great Wall
                    3. alway know where is next petrol station

                    Motorcycle license only needed when you hit someone , license no need at all if you always keep motorcycle on low speed.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                      Originally posted by Kim View Post
                      I've been driving a car in China for more than two years without problem, and Tangshan is much worse than Beijing - less cars but much more chaos.
                      More chaos than Beijing?! So drivers from Denmark must be very highly skilled too.

                      Originally posted by Kim View Post
                      Because they always go to the beach in Denmark during the summer and learn from the best!
                      Jan Magnussen I guess...
                      Bryan

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                      • #12
                        Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                        More chaos than Beijing?!
                        I know it sounds hard to believe

                        Jan Magnussen I guess...
                        And Tom Kristensen - 8 times Le Mans winner

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                        • #13
                          Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                          Hi 老成,

                          thx for your information, it is very helpful. I will take a look at the shop in Baotou next week and ask which solution they can offer.

                          Originally posted by andarchen View Post
                          Here is google map link on motocycle service/seller name&address information at Baotou , attached picture is its web page .

                          Riding a motorcycle to visit GW sites in Inner Mongolia is good idea , three things below need to be noticed .
                          1. make sure motorcycle in good condition
                          2. keep motorcycle from being stolen when you are walking on GW
                          This should be no problem at all. I would ask local farmers to put the motorcycle on their ground and I am pretty shure they will help. All Chinese people I have met so far in rural areas had ben very very helpful and friendly.
                          3. alway know where is next petrol station
                          Of course this is important but I will ask local people who share the same problems. I don't expect a problem here.
                          Motorcycle license only needed when you hit someone , license no need at all if you always keep motorcycle on low speed.
                          Here I am not sure. Police could stop me (though I would cover my face with a scarf as many local people do) and I am not interested in severe legal problems in China since I would like to return. Of course I could youse my second passport for a return but it might be more complicated and even expensive to get a visa as an American citizan here in Germany. And even more important I expect legal problems in the future because of entering off-limit regions along the wall and don't want to elongate my criminal career in China ...

                          -chinoook
                          chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
                          chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
                          chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

                          The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                            Originally posted by chinoook View Post
                            Hi 老成,-chinoook
                            Nice to see you can use chinese keyboard entry

                            What i said about motorcycle license was joke , behave in legal is necessary for all countries . I am looking forward to see the picture you ride on the motorcycle at bautou .

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                            • #15
                              Re: Riding a motorcycle in China as a foreigner

                              Originally posted by andarchen View Post
                              Hi , Chinoook
                              Here is google map link on motocycle service/seller name&address information at Baotou , attached picture is its web page .
                              http://maps.google.com.tw/maps?hl=zh...AXX8MmsDw&cd=1

                              Riding a motorcycle to visit GW sites in Inner Mongolia is good idea , three things below need to be noticed .
                              1. make sure motorcycle in good condition
                              2. keep motorcycle from being stolen when you are walking on GW
                              3. alway know where is next petrol station

                              Motorcycle license only needed when you hit someone , license no need at all if you always keep motorcycle on low speed.
                              Agreed. And add this : Do not ride alone in remote path for there may be robbers. I get this rule from some motorbike travel fans.
                              Or maybe you can buy a fake licence. It only take you hundreds of yuan. For your status of a foreigner, the policemen won't check it clearly and embarrass you even find it is fake. I dare to say this.

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